Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stand against pesticide pollution of our water

Dear MoveOn member,

The Senate committee charged with protecting our environment just passed a bill that would make it a lot easier to spray pesticides in and around our rivers, lakes, and streams.

The dubiously named "Sensible Environmental Protection Act" eliminates the requirement for point sources to have a permit to spray pesticides in and around our waterways under the Clean Water Act.1

Can you join me in standing against pesticide pollution of our water? Click here to sign the petition to the United States Senate, which says:

Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health problems, as well as die-offs of bees, grassland birds, and other wildlife. Permitting helps ensure pesticides are used in a responsible way that reduces contamination of our streams, rivers, and lakes.

For public health and safety, I strongly encourage you to vote against the Sensible Environmental Protection Act, and also respectfully ask you to make a public statement against it.

This bill should be called "The Contaminate Waters at Will Act” since it eliminates the need for permitting to spray pesticides into our waterways.

The documented health hazards and loss of wildlife attributed to pesticides are the exact reason why businesses and industries are required to obtain permits to spray in and around bodies of water.2, 3

Please tell your senators to stand against this reckless action now.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–John Rumpler, Environment America


1. "Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency," Yahoo! News, September 1, 2015

2. "Health Agency Says Widely Used Herbicide Likely Carcinogenic," The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015

3. "Monarch Decline and Genetically Engineered Crops," Center for Food Safety, September 3, 2014

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